MINUTE OF MEETING OF KINGS PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY, 01 FEBRUARY 2021 AT 7.30PM
Present: Bill Ruddell (Chair), Jen McNiven (Secretary), Gary Bell, Niall
Hamilton-Smith, Vicky Mason and Stuart Small.
In Attendance: Lauren Grant (minutes)
Welcome and Apologies
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies were as noted above.
Minutes of the previous meeting held on 07 December 2020.
The Minutes were approved as an accurate record:
Proposed Jen McNiven
Seconded Gary Bell
No officer present at the meeting. Written report submitted and circulated to members prior
Noted that there seemed to be a rise in incidents contained within this month’s report.
Allan’s Primary & Dumbarton Road Crossing
Noted that there is no update on this matter.
Noted that there has been a blanket traffic regulation order issued which has identified some
areas within Stirling as possible to have allocated to them a 20mph speed limit that appears
to still be at consultation phase.
Noted that Stirling Council have put in a bid for £350,000 smarter transport funding including
bus services and staffing for consulting.
Noted that members have been invited to an event in respect of the Walk Cycle Live Stirling
project relative to the Stirling college route. Bill has responded to this invitation but has not
heard anything in response.
Friends of Kings Park
Noted that members feel that it is beneficial that the park itself is represented separately from
the community council. Members noting that the park is a ‘city park’ for the benefit of the
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whole of Stirling and accordingly, it is beneficial for members to convene from all over the
Agreed that correspondence could be issued by the community council to other community
councils within the Stirling council area to urge residents from across the city to become
members of the Friends of Kings Park.
Agreed that initially, the community council should write to the current members of the
Friends of Kings Park to seek their approval to write the correspondence noted above.
Viewforth Link Road
Noted that the matter is still ongoing but that the e-petition has had an excellent response
and has 372 signatures at the present moment. Noted that there are a lot of comments on
the petition, some comments could be deemed to be rather heated but there are a lot of
helpful comments from people across the Stirling Council area.
Members asking that everyone continues to circulate the e-petition.
Noted that the next stage for consideration are the environmental matters. The Council would
need to start working on the trees throughout the month of February in order to have the
work completed prior to nesting periods.
Noted that per the Council rules, their delay in acknowledging the petition could mean that
the petition is not heard in a Council meeting until the full meeting of the Council in March.
Noted that there are financial and environmental considerations in terms of the link road,
which means that residents from throughout the Stirling Council area have their opinions to
share on the matter.
Agreed that some questions require to be raised with the Council in terms of the funding for
this project being ring-fenced. Noting that there have been statements made that this has
become a generally accepted truth.
Agreed that Stewart will write to Alistair Tollemache and Neil Benny to obtain their
understanding of the funding position and whether indeed there have been funds ring-fenced.
Noted that members are happy, if it assists, to sign the petition off as being on behalf of the
community council in order for the Council to take proper notice of it.
Noted that all matters have been covered.
Noted that Alan Smith is attempting to be in touch with community councils should anyone
wish to arrange a Zoom call.
Treasurer not present.
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No Councillor present and no report submitted.
Members noting that there has been a distinct lack of Councillor presence at the meetings and
agreed that Stewart will write to Councillors to request their future attendance.
Noted that there are some decisions to be made in terms of the logistics of the AGM for this
Agreed that AGM will take place online on Wednesday 9th June (subject to being an organised
in person meeting should government restrictions change).
Noted that a new wall has been erected at the back walk.
Noted that a fresh planning application has been submitted in relation to 21 Victoria Park.
Members agreeing that the proposals appear to be more in keeping with the surrounding
properties and far less imposing than the application that has been submitted previously.
Noted that an application has also been submitted for some extensive alterations to a
property in Clarendon place. One member being a neighbour advising that he has no
objections to these proposals.
Facebook is running well and people are contacting the community council via the Facebook
Noted that there are some spaces to fill on the community council and agreed that some
advertisement should be made to attract some interest in the same. Agreed that a notice will
be placed in the notice board.
Noted that another petition has started in respect of deputation which allows the public the
right to sit in on and make comments on council meetings.
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Agreed that meetings will take place on 12th April and 10th May.
Date of next meeting is Monday 1st March 2021.
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 21:00
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